Simon plays a leading role in reinvigorating a culture of informed risk taking and adventures within packaging, design, experiences and new systems thinking at The Body Shop. Simon is an experienced sustainability professional who has developed and managed a number of key projects, products and campaigns during his 16 years working at The Body Shop. Simon is a practitioner member of IEMA, a University of Brighton Green Growth Board member and most recently a Diplomatic Rebel fellow.
Pauline Metivier is Innovation Manager at Veolia UK, responsible for the development of new solutions to improve packaging recycling. In particular, she has developed Procycle, a new service to recycle difficult to treat materials, and is working on several innovation projects developing the UK's technology capabilities to recycle all kinds of plastics. She is also working with numerous high profile clients and brands to improve their packaging, making them more recyclable.
Thomas Müller-Kirschbaum is passionate about sustainable and digital innovation which accelerate the transformation to a climate-positive circular economy.
After his studies of physics, chemistry and environmental technology he joined Henkel more than 30 years ago. More than 20 years Thomas was responsible for the global R&D and on top for almost a decade for the global production and supply chain of Henkel´s Laundry and Home Care business.
As Co-Chair of the Henkel Sustainability Council and CSVP Innovation & Sustainability he is responsible for the company´s sustainability strategy and its implementation.
He acts as expert and advisor for several institutions like the Alliance to End Plastic Waste, the Consumer Goods Forum, the German Circular Economy Initiative, the Fraunhofer Competence Cluster for Circular Plastic Economy and Bioeconomy Science Center.
He teaches global innovation management at the University of Applied Science in Krefeld, Germany and is an associate of the German society of the Club of Rome.
Dr Paul Collins
R&D Packaging Director, Europe Foodsat
An Aeronautical Engineer with a Ph.D in Polymer Processing, Paul has worked in a number of material technology roles across aerospace, pharma as well as food and beverage R&D packaging. Since joining PepsiCo in 2016, Paul has led the Europe Region team in packaging innovation, material qualification and more recently sustainability.
Dr Feliks Bezati
Global Sustainable Packaging Manager,at
Feliks is currently leading Mars' global packaging sustainability strategy with a special focus on improving circularity of flexible packaging. He is passionate about circular economy and keen to develop systemic solutions to improve the life cycle of plastic packaging. He has extensive business and technical experience in packaging design and recycling infrastructure, and for more than 10 years he has been involved in various sustainability positions helping companies such as Renault, Tarkett and Danone to transition towards circular economy.
Head of Unit DG ENVat
Mattia Pellegrini is currently Head of Unit for « Waste Management & Secondary Materials » at DG Environment, European Commission. Previously he was Head of Unit for Raw Materials, Metals, Minerals and Forest-based Industries at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. Previously, he worked as Head of Cabinet of Commissioner Nelli Feroci and as a Member of the Cabinet of the Vice President of the European Commission, in charge of Enterprise and Industry. Mr Pellegrini has a Master’s Degree in European Legal Studies obtained at the College of Europe, Bruges, and a postgraduate diploma in EC Law obtained at L.U.I.S.S. “Guido Carli”, University of Rome.
Coca-Cola European Partners
Joe Franses is Vice-President, Sustainability at Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP), the world’s largest independent Coca-Cola bottler. CCEP manufactures and distributes an extensive range of non-alcoholic ready-to-drink beverages, serving a consumer population of over 300 million.
Joe oversees CCEP’s sustainability strategy focusing on sustainable packaging, energy & climate and water stewardship. Joe is responsible for stakeholder engagement, sustainability reporting & communications, including external engagement with NGOs, policy makers, customers and suppliers.
Joe is an experienced sustainability professional with over 18 years’ experience in managing corporate responsibility and sustainability issues. He is a passionate advocate for sustainable business, providing vision and leadership to drive change on global sustainability issues. Joe has worked within the Coca-Cola System in both Great Britain and Europe since 2005.
Prior to joining Coca-Cola, Joe spent three years with Cable & Wireless, overseeing corporate responsibility, sustainability reporting and disclosure as well as community and NGO partnerships.
Joe began his career working in the charitable sector and spent four years working in public affairs and communications consultancy, focused on supporting businesses to develop and communicate their corporate responsibility strategies and community partnerships.
Ben Bruens is currently Global Supply Chain Manager - Sustainable Packaging Food & Refreshments at Unilever.
Product Policy Managerat
FEVE – The European Container Glass Federation
Vanessa is Product Policy Manager at FEVE, the European Container Glass Federation, dealing in particular with Circular Economy topics and coordinating Close the Glass Loop, a multi-stakeholder partnership to establish a material stewardship programme that will result in more bottle-to-bottle recycling.
Formerly a Director and Head of Practice at Grayling’s Brussels, she counseled clients in the transport, environment, energy and food industries. She also worked at the Representation of PSA Peugeot Citroën to the EU, handling environment, transport, consumer and competitiveness issues.
A French national, her experience includes developing and implementing EU-Brussels and pan-European public affairs campaigns for leading companies and trade associations.
Vanessa holds a Master Degree in European Administrative and Political Studies from the College of Europe (Bruges) and a Master Degree in Public Affairs from SciencesPo (Paris). She speaks French, English and some German.
Pedro Moura Costa
Co-Founder & Directorat
Over 25 years of experience in climate finance, forestry, and environmental sector, co-founder and director of BVRio / Circular Action Hub, co-founder and former President of EcoSecurities Group Plc ( greenhouse gas mitigation and carbon trading, listed in the London AIM stock exchange); author of more than 100 publications including IPCC reports recognized with 2007 Nobel Peace Prize; PhD from University of London.
Commercial Director Recycling EMEA & APAC, Packaging and Specialty Plasticsat
Dow Europe GmbH
Carsten Larsen is the Commercial Director Recycling EMEA & APAC. He is responsible for developing new business models and growth strategies that monetize the plastics waste recycling streams for EMEA and APAC, including mechanical and chemical recycling platforms. The focus will be the development of recycling solutions that help customers achieve their sustainability objectives and enable a shift towards a more circular value chain for plastics.
In 2011 he became Director New Business Development for Dow in Schwalbach, Germany. He was responsible for accelerating growth in Germany, and identifying new growth opportunities across Dow business portfolio. Furthermore, he managed local contact to innovation clusters focusing on sustainable development within Energy and lightweight composites.Larsen moved to Johannesburg in 2014 to assume the role of Managing Director for Dow Southern Africa and had commercial oversight for four businesses in Sub-Saharan Africa; Dow Coatings Materials, Dow Construction Chemicals, Dow Consumer and Industrial Solutions, and Performance Adhesives.
In January 2017 Carsten moved to Horgen and was named Commercial Director for Europe, Middle East, Africa and India for Dow Industrial Solutions before accepting his current role in September 2018.
Martin joined Carbios in February 2017. He is now Deputy CEO supervising the strategy, the business development, and the investor relations of the Company. Martin has made his entire career in the chemical industry. Prior to joining Carbios, he held several senior international positions at Du Pont de Nemours, Chemours, and at the chemical branch of the French Oil & Gaz major, Total. He worked in France, Germany, Italy and in Switzerland, where he is currently resident.
Martin Stephan holds a Master in Business Economics from HEC in Paris and a BA in Economics from Paris II University.
Carbios is the first and only company in the world developing biological processes for the end-of-life of plastics with the potential to engage the entire industry in a truly circular economy. The company is now moving to industrialization with two disruptive innovations, of which a process to infinitely recycle PET without any quality loss, opening the possibility to create a virtuous circular economy scheme.
Packaging & Environment Managerat
Philippe Diercxsens is a Belgian citizen and holds a PhD degree in eco-toxicology of the Polytechnic School of Lausanne, Switzerland. He works since January 1999 as Packaging and Environment Manager at DANONE Beverages Division.
He is chair of the Sustainability & Regulatory Affairs work group of EUROPEN, the European Organization for Packaging and the Environment as well as co-chair of the Sustainable Food Systems work group of FoodDrinkEurope (FDE).
Chief Operating Officerat
Michelle co-founded Lorax Compliance in 2014 in order to help companies that are obligated under Extended Producer Responsibility and Product Stewardship legislation around the world. With 15 years of experience working in this sector, her focus is to ensure clients find the process of EPR and Stewardship reporting as simple as possible, despite the complexities placed on businesses by legislation. As COO, her role covers the management and delivery of several teams, including Accounts, Compliance, Sales, Marketing and Human Resources.
Head of SUEZ.circpack®at
Vincent is head of SUEZ.circpack® within SUEZ, a world leader in smart and sustainable resource management. Vincent has over 10-years’ experience in innovation in the recycling industry. He established multiple new recycling propositions and set up partnerships. With an extensive background in marketing, product innovation and sustainability, Vincent combines strong customer focus with a clear understanding of technological challenges.
As the head of SUEZ.circpack® he offers consultancy-services to retailers, packagers and brand owners with the aim to increase the recyclability of packaging. The operational knowledge of SUEZ in the field of collection, sorting and recycling of packaging material, provides additional credibility to the expertise of the circpack-team. On top of that, his department provides certification on recyclability for different types of packaging.
Vincent is 49 years old and holds a degree in Marketing from The Hague University of applied science. He was born in The Netherlands, is married and has 1 daughter. In his free time, he enjoys being a windsurfer, a football referee and singer in a rock band.
Head of Policy and Sustainabilityat
Cloé is the Head of Policy for Plastic Energy leading the work on EU as well as national regulations associated to chemical recycling, plastic recycling, and circular economy. She is also heavily involved with the communication side of the business in developing strategic partnerships with key stakeholders. Prior to Plastic Energy, Cloé was a researcher in European political analysis for Eurasia Group specialising in EU and western European politics as well as energy and environmental policies.
Cloé holds an MPhil degree in European politics from the University of Oxford (UK) and a BA in political science from the University of California, Berkeley (US).
EU Affairs & Data Advisorat
Citeo is the company in charge of the Extended Producer Responsibility schemes for household packaging and for graphic & printed paper in France, working with 20 000 packers and fillers, 900 local municipalities and 300 recyclers. The annual turnover is around 850 M€ per year for both activity.
He joined the public policy affairs department of Citeo in 2018, after experiences in the high administration and advisory firm for the public sector. He works very closely with all the actors of the packaging value chain in particular on the Circular Economy Package, the european plastics strategy, the circular plastic alliance, the national pacts on plastic packaging, the new circular economy action plan within the European green deal and EPR projects around the world.
He’s also lecturer on circular economy and european affairs for the university of Paris and ESSEC - international business school.
Dr. Chantal Semaan received an Honours PhD. Degree in Polymer Science from the University of Bordeaux, France.
She has over 12 years’ experience in product development and technical support aiming to develop and position innovative products in the market of flexible plastic Packaging. Her functional experience includes working at the interface between following departments: research, marketing, regulatory affairs, industrial development, quality and analytical development.
Her employment history is as follows:
Borealis, Spain 2018 to present
Application Technology Manager Consumer Products
Analyze market spaces and trends and design of targeted products. In charge of interdisciplinary projects.
DOW Chemicals Spain, 2013 to 2018,
Senior Technical Service Engineer Packaging & Specialty Plastics
Product development and technical resource for internal and external customers for Plastic Packaging. Technical support together with sales organization to position innovative products in the market and support implementation with customers.
Ceisa Packaging, France 2011 to 2013
Responsible for development of innovative and sustainable packaging for the collation shrink market.
Founder and Directorat
Dana Mosora holds a Chemical Engineering degree from the Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest (Romania) and an MBA in Marketing from Colorado State University (US).
Dr Gerald Rebitzer
Gerald Rebitzer is responsible for Sustainability at Amcor Flexibles Europe, Middle East and Africa and Amcor Flexibles Americas.
From 2007 to 2009 he was head of product-related sustainability management at Alcan Packaging, globally. Prior to this, he had several roles related to EHS and sustainability within Alcan, focusing on the various aluminium production and fabrication businesses (2003 – 2007). Gerald has over 20 years of experience in implementing sustainability initiatives and life cycle approaches in sectors such as Packaging, Building and Construction, Automotive, Aerospace, Electronics, and Metals.
He holds a Ph.D. in Life Cycle Management from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne and a Masters in Environmental Engineering from the Technical University Berlin. He is editor for The International Journal of LCA, member of the Executive Committee of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, and chairman of the Sustainability Committee of Flexible Packaging Europe. Gerald was also member of the Steering Committee of the WRI/WBCSD GHG Protocol’s Product and Supply Chain Initiative and was active in the board of the UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative. Gerald has published more than 120 papers in the area of life cycle thinking and sustainability and regularly speaks at international conferences.
Dr Catharina R. Bening
Circular Economy Expertat
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich)
Catharina has been a postdoc in the Group for Sustainability and Technology since 2012. Her current research focuses on the sustainable circular economy and she is co-leading a Swiss National Science Foundation project on the economic, regulatory and environmental implications of the transition towards a circular economy. This project is particularly focusing on plastic packaging as well as the construction sector. As the topic of circular economy is an emerging field which has been extensively shaped by industry, Catharina has collaborated with many different players in the respective industries and consulted on possible sustainable solutions towards circular economy.
Catharina holds a PhD in economics from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland (HSG), and pursued her studies in Singapore (NUS), Rotterdam (Erasmus University) and at the University of Chicago.
Global Director of Research and Reportsat
Adam is Global Director, Research and Reports at Smithers. He has over 15 years’ experience in market intelligence, consultancy, directing market research and working with clients to deliver high-value strategic studies and analysis.
During his time at Smithers, he has published or delivered hundreds of market studies, reports, technical books and single-client projects across a range of industries including packaging, print, paper, nonwovens and raw materials.
Adam has spoken at and moderated many industry and client events including the Global Packaging Summit, Future of Polyolefins, and The Banknote Conference. Adam has established and developed a global network of experts, consultants and researchers who contribute to hundreds of primary research-based projects every year. He is a member of the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals
Since 2016 she works in Ecoembes, and currently as a Innovation coordinator in charge of the open innovation projects that are directly linked to the packaging materials and their Ecodesign, giving support to the Companies and Ecodesign department in the new projects more oriented to the innovative developments.
She is responsible for the coordination of the multidisciplinary team that has developed the methodology for the evaluation of packaging sustainability and actively participates in the projects that deal with the Circular Economy of packaging within the program H2020".
Packaging Services Directorat
Ilkka Harju, Packaging Design Director, is leading the Metsä Board’s packaging design team responsible for the European and Asian markets. Before joining Metsä Board in 2018, he was responsible for packaging design and innovation needs for various companies.
Harju is renowned for pushing design boundaries by working collaboratively with other designers and technology experts. He constantly advocates the role of responsible design, technology and renewable raw materials as a tool for a healthier environment. In 2017 Harju received a Worldstar Award for his jewelry packaging design.
Global Collection Programmes Directorat
Francesca joined Tetra Pak in 2008 and covered various roles in the sustainability team.
In her current assignment, she is responsible to coordinate regional collection programmes, support Tetra Pak's international clients in their sustainability journeys, and actively engage in circularity industry initiatives.
Currently based in Modena (Italy), Francesca is Italian and holds a master’s degree in Environmental Economics from the Institute of Advance Studies (University of Pisa).
Dr Karlheinz Hausmann
TS&D Fellow, Sustainability, P&SPat
Dow Europe GmbH
Dr. Karlheinz Hausmann, Senior TS&D Fellow with Dow Europe GmbH in Horgen, Switzerland holds a PhD in Material Science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland. He has more than 29 years of experience in ethylene copolymers.
Karlheinz started his career with DuPont in 1987 in the W&C group in Geneva, Switzerland. From 1989-1991 he held a position as an R&D Engineer in DuPonts ethylene copolymer business at EI DuPont de Nemours Inc in Wilmington , DE, USA. In 1991 he moved back to DuPont in Geneva to work Packaging and Industrial Business Unit. In Geneva he held a number of R&D and Technical and Market Development assignments including packaging, polymer modification, cosmetic packaging and automotive. As a global sustainability leader he has contributed to the development of the sustainability strategy of DuPonts Packaging and Industrial Polymers business unit.
After the merger between DuPont and Dow in 2017 and even before he has continued to be heavily involved in sustainability aspects associated with recycling and lightweighting of packaging structures. In this function he also represents Dow in various industry organisations and working with external groups on circular economy aspects. Karlheinz is based in Zurich, Switzerland and is married with his wife Caroline and has 2 adult boys
Amanda Fuso Nerini
Head of International Affairs at
CONAI Consorzio Nazionale Imballaggi
CONAI International Affairs Head, dealing with packaging environmental /sustainability policies and tools. Graduated in Food Science and Technology, with over 15 years’ experience in the Italian Packaging Producer Responsibility Organisation (CONAI). Currently also Chair of UNI TC Packaging and Convenor of the Italian Packaging Institute TC “Packaging&Environment”. Member of the Board of EXPRA, of which is chairing the Sustainability & Packaging Working Group
Environmental Packaging International (EPI)
Victor is a Certified Packaging Professional with more than 25 years of experience with environmental issues associated with packaging and products. He is a founding member of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) and has served on its Executive Committee, was a member of the Consumer Goods Forum GPPS project team and served on the US delegation for the development of the ISO standards for packaging design. In April 2018, Victor received the SPC Outstanding Person of the Year award.
As a recognized expert on global environmental packaging issues, Victor speaks regularly at industry conferences and routinely contributes articles to the leading industry trade publications. He received his MMA (Marine Affairs) and BS (Natural Resource) degrees from the University of Rhode Island and an MS (Urban and Environmental Studies) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
After finishing her master’s degree in environmental engineering Charlotte Glassneck started to work for Veolia Umweltservice GmbH. During her tenure, she served as a project engineer and was responsible for the planning process of different IT-projects. Additionally, she was accountable for the administration of an electronic waste recycling laboratory.
In 2018, Ms. Glassneck joined the business development department of TOMRA Sorting Recycling. In 2019 she became a manager for Plastics Applications within the Circular Economy Team. To enhance the usage of recycled plastics she and different colleagues take on a consulting role for brand owners, NGO´s and political institutions
Postdoctoral researcher at
Trang Nhu is a postdoctoral researcher at the Sustainable Systems Engineering (STEN) group of Ghent University, Belgium. She is currently involved in the projects focusing on sustainable development and recycling of plastic packaging (i.e., H2020 Glopack, Circopack, Matter). She obtained the degree Master of Science in Environmental Sanitation from Ghent University, and then a PhD degree in Applied Biological Sciences at the same university.
Product Manager Print Inspection Systemsat
ISRA Vision AG
At ISRA Vision she is focusing on vision systems dedicated to the print packaging industry to help to support customer needs for quality printing with sophisticated inspection technology.
Earlier she gained a demonstrated history of working in and for the print media industry with a high level of experience as Product Manager at Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG and as a research engineer at the graphic arts institute FOGRA, with a master degree in printing technologies.
R&D Head of Innovation & Sustainabilityat
GSK Consumer Healthcare
David Dombrowski is a strategic and tactical design leader with over 30 years of experience in consumer product and packaged goods where empathy for the consumer and environment lays at the heart of everything he considers through design. Along with a Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Design education, David positions himself as a leader of Design at the epicenter of what he refers to as, Design Centricity. Where Manufacturing, R&D, Marketing, Customer and Consumer are all equally expressed and considered by Design. Having had great opportunities designing for such well known and established companies as Fisher-Price, Schick & Wilkinson Sword, P&G, David is currently R&D Head of Innovation and Sustainability with GSK Consumer Healthcare. With over 70 design and utility patents, David prides himself in delivering innovative products to market. If you’ve shaved with a Schick Quattro or Intuition razor, lathered up with Old Spice or Gillette Body Wash, taken a Centrum Vitamints or used ChapStick Duo, chances are you’ve experienced his work.
As CEO of an innovative Greentech — working with leading brands and converters — Henri has unique insight into the regulatory, environmental, technological and economic problems faced by the packaging sector as well as the latest manufacturing solutions.
He has extensive previous business experience gained both as an entrepreneur with his start-up and at leading corporations including PwC, BearingPoint, Arthur Andersen and EA games. Henri holds a Master’s Degree in International Marketing and Strategy.
Fairstainable Packaging Expertat
At einhorn Lena is part of the fairstainability team and responsible for packaging. Ideally she should have nothing to do at all, because the most sustainable packaging is theoretically none.
But, to be honest, it's not that easy and so she is constantly working on on reducing and developing the packaging to be as sustainable and fair as possible - we call that “fairstainable in
progress”. Lena is a graduated designer in the field of textiles and materials and gained her expertise in sustainability through a strong focus on circular design and biological materials such
as bacterial cellulose. Her passion for packaging was awakened as a freelancer in innovation agencies, where she worked on projects on disposable packaging for food and beverage.
Dr Eleni Iacovidou
Lecturer in Environmental Managementat
Brunel University London
Dr Eleni Iacovidou (Brunel University, UK) is an interdisciplinary researcher developing new methods and metrics for assessing the sustainability of resource recovery systems. She combines environmental science and engineering with an understanding of the political, organisational, structural and cultural aspects that act synergistically in a resource recovery system to highlight areas of intervention for promoting sustainability. Dr Iacovidou’s work is focused on plastic packaging waste systems (formal and informal) trying to analyse the processes, stakeholders and complex value involved in such systems, and identifying ways to connect the downstream with upstream parts of the plastic value chain using sustainability transitions.
Head of Packagingat
A change professional with a 25 year track record of delivering transformation initiatives across the Tesco business, currently leading the Packaging team;
Committed to removal, reduction, reuse and recycling of packaging used across the Tesco global supply chain, ensuring we only use packaging with a purpose and everything we use can be reused or recycled.
Focused on accelerating the exit of hard to recycle materials, increasing the use of recycled materials and helping customers make environmentally responsible decisions.
Working with industry to influence the improvement of retrieval and recycling in the UK moving towards progressively closed loop systems for packaging.
Stacey Luddy is the COO of More Recycling (MORE). MORE conducts research and develops information technology to drive sustainable use of resources. The company’s technology and deep understanding of the plastics recycling landscape have made MORE the trusted organization to deliver the annual plastic recycling reports for the U.S. and Canada for more than ten years. MORE is valued for its ability to deliver neutral guidance in navigating challenges in the plastic recycling space today.
Stacey leads the Plastic Squeeze Tube Recycling Project in the U.S., as well as in Europe. The tubes work is a multi-stakeholder effort to bring tubes responsibly into a circular economy. The outcome of the U.S. Project is a Roadmap to Plastic Recyclability—for tubes and other packaging not currently accepted for recycling. Stacey manages overall operations for the company as well as the information management system that supports the annual Plastic Recycling Study and resources such as PlasticsMarkets.org, RecycleMorePlastic.org, the www.CircularityInAction.com, and the Film Drop-Off Directory on PlasticFilmRecycling.org.
She completed her MBA, with a focus on Sustainable Enterprise and has dedicated her passion and experience to MORE’s vision: to harmonize human behavior with the natural world.
Business Segment Directorat
Oscar Duarte is Business Segment Director at Stora Enso, the renewable materials company. In early 2020, he was nominated as one of "35 future hopes under 35" by a Finnish business magazine, with a strong drive from a GROW trainee to a business leader. Educated both in Chemical Engineering and Business Management, Oscar is committed to working with sustainable and circular solutions that contribute to customers as well as our planet.
Trash Free Seas® Program
Nick oversees Ocean Conservancy’s global portfolio of work on marine debris, including its annual International Coastal Cleanup, the Trash Free Seas Alliance®, the Global Ghost Gear Initiative® and its science research portfolio on ocean plastics. Nick has extensive field experience researching ocean plastics – his debris-related assignments have taken him from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch to the remote coastlines of Alaska and Indonesia. He has testified before the U.S. Senate on the sources and impacts of ocean plastics, and regularly engages in policy discussions at international fora including APEC and the United Nations. Nick conducted his graduate work at Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment, and he is a frequent media commentator on marine debris. He is based at Ocean Conservancy's office in Portland, Oregon.
University of Applied Sciences Campus Wien
Bernhard Wohner is a researcher at the Section of Packaging and Resource Management at FH Campus Wien (University of Applied Sciences Campus Vienna). He is an expert on life cycle assessment and sustainability evaluations, with a focus on food waste and circularity. Currently, he works on finishing his PhD thesis with the title 'Novel approach for the sustainability assessment of packaging'
Global Luxury Engineering Leader and Engineering Directorat
Volker Maier is Global Luxury Engineering Leader and Engineering Director at COTY Inc., the global beauty company with renowned cosmetic, skin, fragrance and hair brands. As a globally working employee of COTY, Volker is driving the implementation of circular economy projects starting at the COTY Fragrance plant in Cologne. Volker started his career at Procter & Gamble in baby care. He gained expertise in the areas of new process- and equipment-development in baby care as well as in beauty care with a track record in each area. He is leading the agile plant engineering organization in Cologne as well as the Global Luxury Engineering group. Volker is of German nationality, is married with two children. In his spare time he likes traveling and sailing. He is passionate about finding smart solutions, which are cost effective, simple and sustainable.
Gabriela has been working at Lorax/EPI since 2008, specializing in packaging sustainability and global product stewardship law compliance. She is involved with developing corporate environmental packaging design and labeling specifications, assisting clients with packaging fee reporting and conducting Design for Environment (DfE) studies and Life Cycle Assessments. She has also worked to develop packaging sustainability evaluation tools such as the Eco-filter and has published a variety of research projects involving sustainability and environmental modeling.
CEO and Co-Founder at
Troy Swope is the Co-Founder and CEO of Footprint, and if you are looking for alternatives to plastics in packaging, Troy Swope is the visionary that will most likely already be working on a solution. Troy’s experience in packaging innovation spans over 20 years, first as an award-winning engineer at Intel where he introduced new methodologies and created a new department to explore packaging polymer innovation that resulted in a $350 million-dollar costs savings over 4 years. Later he created Unisource Global Solutions (UGS). At UGS, he and his team pioneered new material supply chains using bamboo fibers for Dell Computers, a move that disrupted the EPS and EPE foam packaging industry by creating highly marketable and sustainable molded pulp packaging alternatives for consumer electronics.
At Footprint, Troy has created a sustainable technology company that manufactures solutions to eliminate single use plastics. Troy’s success comes from his intense vision of a plastic free future and from the team members with which he surrounds himself. As CEO, he has amassed a world-class team of engineers, scientists, environmentalists and designers that has resulted in over 20 patents, all focused on disrupting our dependence on single use plastics.
Humboldt-Foundation Chancellor Fellowat
Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics
As a Chancellor Fellow at Fraunhofer Institute of Material Flow and Logistics in Germany, Arpit is currently investigating the potential of reusable packaging models. He is currently on sabbatical from Accenture Strategy where he focused on business and operating model aspects of circular economy and resource efficiency across various industries. He has an engineering degree and has an MBA.
Alexis Van Maercke
APEAL (Association of European Producers of Steel for Packaging)
Alexis Van Maercke is Secretary General of APEAL, The Association of European Producers of Steel for Packaging.
Before joining APEAL, he was policy officer at the European Commission, Directorate General Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs.
Prior to this he spent five years in the European Parliament as political advisor to Marianne Thyssen, former Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs, in charge of legislative files related to food safety, environment and consumer protection.
He holds a Master's degree in Law from the University of Leuven in Belgium as well as a Master's in European Interdisciplinary Studies from the College of Europe in Warsaw, Poland.
Director Communication / Public Affairsat
Der Grüne Punkt – Duales System Holding GmbH & Co. KG
Helmut Schmitz works since 2013 as Director Communication / Public Affairs for “Der Grüne Punkt - Duales System Deutschland GmbH“ in Berlin, Brussels and Cologne. As Head of International Communication and Director Public Affairs he was responsible in 2000 – 2013 for projects with different international stakeholder groups, especially in Europe and Asia. After finishing Albertus-Magnus-University in Cologne with a Master Degree in Biology he worked seven years as Secretary General of the Young Federal Civil Servants Association, the umbrella organisation with 45 independent associations in the German public service.
R&D Sustainable Packaging Managerat
Michel Steinecke is leading the sustainable packaging initiatives at Britvic. He has the challenge bring the company up with the highest standards of sustainability in packaging development. Before joining Britvic, Michel worked with Packaging Sustainability at Danone Nutricia in the Netherlands and previously had an extensive experience in corporate sustainability as a consultant.
Joachim Quoden studied law at the “Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität” in Bonn between 1987 and 1992 and served his legal internship in Bonn and Cologne from 1993 until 1995.
In between these placements, he spent 4 months within the German Federal Ministry of Environment where he was working on packaging issues including the German Packaging Ordinance.
From February 1993 until June 2006 Mr Quoden worked for Der Grüne Punkt - Duales System Deutschland GmbH (DSD) in various capacities. From January 2001, he served as Head of International Affairs of DSD and was vested with general commercial power of representation in 2003.
In January 2001, he also became Secretary General of PRO EUROPE, the umbrella organisation of 35 packaging recovery organisations using the Green Dot trademark. Between April 2005 and February 2013, he was appointed as managing director of this organisation.
Since April 2013 he is appointed as managing director of EXPRA – Extended Producer Responsibility Alliance – Inspiring Packaging Recycling, an alliance of currently 26 non-profit packaging recovery organisations owned by obliged industry from 24 countries from Europe, Canada and Israel.
Besides this, he is working since June 1995 as independent German Lawyer specialized on international extended producer responsibility legislation. In addition to his work as Managing Director of EXPRA and being a German lawyer, he is involved in the following positions and associations